Thursday, December 09, 2010

FCC wants to prevent broadcasters from imposing blackouts on consumers during disputes

Todd Shields reported on p A19 of The Washington Post and on Bloomberg News on Thursday that the FCC is looking for ways to protect consumers from channel blockage during fee disputes. Broadcasters have been asking for cable and satellite companies to pay for content that would be free over the Internet (although not always, as most MLB and NFL content in my experience is not free online). The Post story is here.

Bloomberg has a longer version of the story here.

Many of the blackouts have involved sports events, like the World Series.

But the FCC may have limited powers without more legislation.

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